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Protecting great white sharks from us

Group formed to promote shark education rather than shark slaughter
One of the many excellent photos on the Conservancy's website.
One of the many excellent photos on the Conservancy's website.

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy hopes to educate and protect the ocean's largest predator

Most stories about great white shark concern how dangerous they are and while this grim prospect was good for ghoulish tourists here last summer, it's bad for these magnificent creatures.

And every summer thousands flock to see the Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament on Martha's Vineyard, a weekend that has fueled passionate extremes including hundreds of people of all ages who come to watch, revel or compete to catch the biggest sharks.

Yet others protested, saying the event is inhumane and damaging to shark species.

Now a new organization has been founded on Cape Cod to protect and to ensure the future of this magnificent species.

Called the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy it is based in Cape Cod and was established in 2012 after identifying a need for funding the continuation and expansion of white shark research projects in the Atlantic.

Its website says that their purpose is educating the community while engaging children in learning opportunities which connects people to one of the keystone species in our ocean’s ecosystem.

They hope to couple research with education and raise public awareness and inspire conservation of white sharks in the Atlantic, as the organization works to ensure the future of this magnificent species.

The founders are Cynthia and Ben Wigren summer residents who live in Amsbury, Priscilla Bloomfield and Ryan Smith who live in Orleans.


(Above: Weighing in at the 2012 Monster Shark Tournament on Martha's Vineyard. David G. Curran video.)

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